What is PicoSure®?
It is a skin laser designed to treat various signs of ageing, and to remove tattoos. However, there are several things that make this device different from other lasers on the market. Firstly, it uses shorter bursts of light. Many lasers today deliver bursts in nanoseconds, or a billionth of a second. PicoSure®, on the other hand, uses picoseconds, or a trillionth of a second. The goal of shortening these bursts is to reduce the amount of heat delivered to the skin and the associated damage to the surrounding tissues. Secondly, it utilises a special lens on the device, which converts light energy into short bursts of pressure. Instead of coagulating or damaging skin cells with heat, the waves of pressure disturb skin cells; a process that jump starts the body’s healing processes.
What does PicoSure® Treat?
PicoSure® is primarily used to treat signs of ageing and to remove tattoos. When it comes to anti-ageing laser treatments, this device can target issues like acne scars, dark spots, and wrinkles. By stimulating the body’s natural healing processes, hyperpigmented lesions are brightened, and the growth of collagen produces a skin tightening effect. For tattoo removal, it relies on pressure waves to break down ink pigment in the skin. This causes the pigment to break up into much smaller particles, which are then removed by the body’s lymphatic system. Furthermore, because it relies less on ability to heat up ink pigment, the device can even be used to remove more difficult colours, like orange and red, which are typically harder to target with traditional lasers.
How Long do PicoSure® Results Last?
The longevity of results from PicoSure® will depend on the skin issue that is being treated. Someone treating hyperpigmentation or acne scars will typically experience long-term results. However, this doesn’t mean that new scars or melanin clusters will not develop in the future. For tattoo removal, once the tattoo pigment has been removed via the lymphatic system, it will not return unless you get a new tattoo. However, individual results may vary and it may not be possible to remove all of the pigment completely. Further, multiple treatments are needed to fade the tattoo pigment.
Does PicoSure® Treatment Hurt?
Most patients who undergo PicoSure® treatments handle this procedure very well, especially if the treatment is for anti ageing purposes. The majority of patients describe the feeling as a rubber band hitting the skin. Furthermore, to give you extra comfort, we will blow cold air to your skin when the doctor deliver PicoSure® laser energy bursts into your skin. For patients undergoing tattoo removal, the discomfort will be inevitably greater. This has to do with the process of breaking down large amounts of ink pigment. However, many patients have compared the discomfort of PicoSure® tattoo removal to the discomfort of obtaining the tattoo in the first place.
What are PicoSure® Side Effects?
For anti ageing treatments, PicoSure® side effects may include mild skin redness and inflammation immediately after treatment. Many patients even get treatment during their lunch breaks, as makeup can be applied to the skin right after. With tattoo removal, patients can expect more inflammation and lingering discomfort. This occurs because clusters of ink pigment are broken apart within the skin; a process that can cause micro damage to the surrounding tissues.
Your PicoSure® Consultation
The best way to learn if PicoSure® is right for you is to schedule a consultation with one of our expert providers. Please call contact us, or schedule your appointment online now. *Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.